• Kimberley B. Jones

How can we help our communities amongst police brutality?

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Over decades and as me becoming the woman that I am now, I can truly say I've seen it all. Not the worst, but I've seen this country still divided. Why would you call this America, the land of the free, when clearly some people don't feel free or treated as equal as humans/citizens? As an African American woman with a son, these type of hate crimes are what put fear into mothers and fathers of color hearts. #JusticeforAhmaudArbery and #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd. Also, the thousands of people who have been victimized by police and crimes of hatred.

I can go on about this topic all day. Today, I want to share with you a way you can teach your children the importance of coming together to be one. You were once told that you were going to be the future, but now you have the future standing in front of you.

Make your children read to understand how others feel! We are the parents, their first professional educator. Below is a list of books that children can read during the summer. There are plenty of books available for discussion on this issue. If you know any, please add them in the comments. To make it a fun time, while still social distancing, have them do a zoom book club meeting to discuss these issues. Parents and children should all be able to share their thoughts.

1. All American Boys (Young Adult) by Jason Reynolds

2. The Hate U Give (Young Adult) by Angie Thomas

3. Dear Martin (Young Adult) by Nic Stone

4. Tyler Johnson was Here (Young Adult) by Jay Coles

5. Ghost Boys (Young Adult) by Jewell Parker Rhodes

6. Light It Up (Young Adult) by Kekla Magoon

7. A Good Kind of Trouble(Middle Grade) by Lisa Moore Ramee

Remember, everybody is entitled to their opinion. Don't disagree to disagree, hear each other's perspective on the topic and if one feel's different than you, just accept them for who they are.

Our Friendship Matters is still adding emails for the ARCS. If you would like a chance to read the book before it hits the market, here's your chance. Send your name and email to If you sign up now for the ARC, I will add in discussion questions from Our Friendship Matters Teaching Guide.

Visit my website to learn more about Our Friendship Matters and much more!!!

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